Oh my gosh! When I received this book to do a review for BookSneeze, I never expected to like it. I think because it was written in a diary/journal format and I guess I've never been too fond of those. Also, how can anyone do justice to Mr. Knightley from Jane Austen's ever popular classic, Emma?!?
HOWEVER, Katherine Reay, author or Dear Mr. Knightley did a superb job of journaling young Sam's life during her time while attending Medill's School of Journalism, via a generous grant by an anonymous gifter who refers to himself (as none other than), Mr. Knightley.
Upon receipt of this grant there is a catch. Sam must correspond with the unknown gifter, telling of her life at school, thus the journaling, which I suppose can be said are more the letters she wrote to Mr. Knightley than a journal.
Sam has a lot of growing up to do and feels free sharing every detail of her life with her unknown donor, mainly because she doesn't know who he is. From her past – growing up in the foster care system, to her present – pursuing a career as a journalist and dating a famous author. No detail is left untouched. He knows it all. The relational encounters Sam finds herself run the gammet of realistic, heart-wrenching, light-hearted, and believable.
A book with wit, wisdom, and the desire to keep turning the pages will leave the reader satisfied. A fun read with a great message that shows becoming who you were created to be is the best place to be.
One of the 'funnest' books I've read.
Note: This is an honest review given to BookSneeze Book Review Program in lieu of free receipt of the above book.